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scathe

noun \ ˈskāt͟h , ˈskāth \

Definition of scathe

scatheless

play \ˈskāt͟h-ləs\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of scathe

Middle English skathe, from Old Norse skathi; akin to Old English sceatha injury, Greek askēthēs unharmed


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scathe

verb \ ˈskāt͟h \

Definition of scathe

scathed; scathing
transitive verb
1 :to do harm to; specifically :scorch, sear
2 :to assail with withering denunciation

Examples of scathe in a Sentence

  1. newspaper cartoonists scathed the lecherous governor with a series of cruel caricatures

First Known Use of scathe

13th century



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